Yesterday afternoon, the girls and I went to Focus on the Family to meet my friend, Leah. Leah's husband is a minister, and their church graciously gives their ministerial staff a month-long sabbatical (after 4 years of ministry) and they chose to spend part of that time in Colorado! Leah is a blog friend of mine and we got to meet IRL (in real life) yesterday, and it was so much fun!
She is SO sweet, and I enjoyed talking to her while our kids played. The visitor center at Focus on the Family has a fabulous indoor play center, Wit's End, on the bottom floor. There's a gigantic, three-story slide (A-Bend-A-Go) and a puppet theater, a reading nook, a stage and dress-up clothes for putting on plays, a recording studio, and MUCH more, including a soda shoppe. The kids eventually warmed up to each other and had a fun time, and Leah's husband was great to help keep an eye on everyone so we could visit. As we were driving to pick Will up from track practice, Abbey said, "Mom, I really liked that family we played with at Focus. Especially the little girl. She was so nice."
Earlier this week, I got to meet another blog friend, Carrie.
I think this whole blogging phenomenon is so amazing. I've met so many people out there who I'm sure I would gravitate toward if we lived closer. Blogging has expanded my circle of friendship beyond the parameters of my community and has enriched my life in so many ways.
People ask me if I get nervous about meeting all these blog friends, and honestly, no, I don't. Probably because I tend to be an extrovert and a people person, and meeting new people is something I enjoy. And like I said earlier in the week, it's not really as if I'm blindly meeting someone. Leah and I have been reading each other's blogs since last summer, and so even though I met her face-to-face yesterday, I really have "known" her for about a year. Because we've "known" each other for awhile, we were able to skip some of the surface-talk and share some heart to heart stuff, and it was very, very good!
Leah...thank you for taking time to connect with me. I hope the rest of your time in Colorado is wonderful. And I'll even be *okay* if it snows while you're here because I know it would make your family happy!
Oh...and notice my haircut? I didn't chop it off after all!